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Opera Australia’s ‘La Traviata’

Opera Australia’s new production of La Traviata is marvellous, visually stunning, and musically divine. Verdi’s most famous and most performed opera often finds itself in one ‘top ten’ or another — and deservedly so. As an opera it ticks all the boxes that continue…

Tchaikovsky 5: MSO Great Classics Series

Muhai Tang conducts Tchaikovsky 5 and James Ehnes premieres a contemporary concerto, with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Tonight is a treat. Brahms’ overture is the starter, a serious piece that reflects its titular drama. James Ehnes then performs a scintillating…

Profile: Australian World Orchestra and Riccardo Muti

A league of extraordinary performers meet once a year. To learn more, The Plus Ones talk with Alexander Briger AO, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Australian World Orchestra. From May 2nd to 5th, the Australian World Orchestra will…

James Ehnes plays Bach at the Melbourne Recital Centre

The virtuoso violinist performs two Partitas and a Sonata, from Sei Solo by Bach. On performance night in the Melbourne Recital Centre, Canadian-born James Ehnes strides onto the empty stage with his violin. For his Great Performers appearance, he will…

Alina Ibragimova, violinist, performs with the ACO

Chamber music specialist Alina Ibragimova plays Richard Tognetti’s string orchestra arrangement for “Death and the Maiden.” For the second program of their national season, the Australian Chamber Orchestra put on a sparkling show with guest conductor Alina Ibragimova. Russian-born, London-based Ibragimova is a violinist who has made…

Mendelssohn, Brahms, Mozart, and Beethoven by ARCO

Pastoral music and period instruments by the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra at the Melbourne Recital Centre, with guest choir Polyphonic Voices. A popular style of the Romantic period is the pastoral, which calls to mind horizon views and bountiful…

Mahler 9: MSO Great Classics Series

Sir Andrew Davis conducts a canonical Ninth with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Symphony No.9 in D by Gustav Mahler is considered one of the greatest works for orchestra, an esteem that it retains a century after it was written. For…

The Magic Pudding – The Opera

The Magic Pudding – The Opera returns to Melbourne just in time to commemorate 100th anniversary of a timeless fair dinkum Aussie classic fairy tale. Commissioned in 2013, composer Calvin Bowman, librettist Anna Goldsworthy, and director Cameron Menzies deliver an…

Stuart Skelton is Gerontius: MSO Choral Series

Davis conducts Skelton with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, in a performance previously staged at London’s Barbican. “The Dream of Gerontius” is a late-Romantic choral oratorio by Edward Elgar, based on a poem written by John Henry Newman. Far from Victorian…